PCHSS 2020-2021 Webinar Series

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Between October 2020 and April 2021, the PCHSS is hosting a series of webinars on different facets of health system sustainability. Registration details for upcoming events are below. If you missed any of our webinars, you can watch them on our YouTube channel.

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About the series:


26 October, 2-3pm: Impact of COVID-19 on the Australian Health Workforce

COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects on all sectors of our society, but few sectors have been as directly affected as the health workforce. In this webinar, our two distinguished speakers will discuss how the pandemic has changed the Australian health workforce. Professor Anthony Scott explored the effects of COVID-19 on the working patterns, mental health and finances of Australian GPs and non-GP specialists working in private practices. His presentation drew on his recent findings from a Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) survey. Associate Professor Liam Caffery then discussed telehealth in Australian general practices – before, during and after the pandemic. While telehealth is not new, its uptake was slow and fragmented prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden switch to greater telehealth use has highlighted a number of unexpected outcomes.

The conversation was moderated by Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Chief Investigator of the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability. The video of the webinar is available on our YouTube channel.


25 November, 2-3pm: Harnessing Digital Technologies to Enhance Patient Safety

When we strive for patient safety, we aim for the absence of preventable harm to a patient in the provision of care and a reduction in the risk of unnecessary harm associated with healthcare. From better training to improvements in workplace culture, there are countless ways to curb harm and the risk of adverse care events, but undoubtedly one of the most promising is the increasing use of digital technologies. In this webinar, Professor Johanna Westbrook discussed how implementing electronic medications management (eMM) systems in Australian hospitals, if done correctly, can reduce medication prescription errors and improve patient safety. Associate Professor Shlomo Berkovsky then talked about his work on the use of AI for categorising frail elderly patients. Frailty is a clinical state in which the ability of people to cope with everyday stressors is compromised by age-associated declines. The goal of this work is to improve decision making about treatments and procedures appropriate for each category of frail elderly patient.

The conversation was moderated by Associate Professor Farah Magrabi who is a researcher with the PCHSS’s Big Data and the Quality, Effectiveness and Cost of Care research stream and the Australian Institute of Health Innovation. The video of the webinar is available on our YouTube channel.

23 February 2021, 2-3pm (AEST): Not yet business as usual: How are alternative models of care changing the health system and healthcare?

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder (PCHSS, Monash University and Cabrini Institute) will share her research on alternate models of care in Australia, such as early discharge hospital at home. Dr Tracey Tay (NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation) will talk about NSW Health’s Virtual Care Accelerator in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will be moderated by Professor Leonard Gray (PCHSS and The University of Queensland).

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March 2021 (date TBC): Improving health system performance from planning to evaluating implemented health services

This webinar will include presentations by Professor Jonathan Karnon (PCHSS and Flinders University) and Associate Professor Yvonne Zurynski (PCHSS and Macquarie University). Professor Karnon is a health economist and will discuss the “Embedded Economist” program, which links economists with health care managers to co-design health services for Primary Health Networks and Local Health Networks. Associate Professor Zurynski will focus on the “Embedded Evaluation” and the value of evaluations of implemented health service programs to support program sustainability.

More information about the webinar will be announced soon.

April 2021 (date TBC): Shaping a sustainable health system through collaboration

The final webinar in the series will be held in April 2021. The prospective topic for this session will be how health consumers can contribute to a more sustainable health system.

More information about the webinar will be announced soon.


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